SF – Animaniacs 25th Anniversary Celebration

It’s time for Animaniacs! The beloved show turns 25, and SF Sketchfest is proud to celebrate it with an evening of stories, songs and general tomfoolery with three of the massive talents behind the show: Rob Paulsen (Yakko, Pinky, Dr. Scratchansniff), Maurice LaMarche (The Brain), and Randy Rogel, the man responsible for the amazing wordplay and music in the show, appear at the Brava Theater Center on Friday January 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets available now…

Maurice LaMarche:
Maurice LaMarche is an Emmy Award winning Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. He is best known for his voicework in Futurama as Kif Kroker, as Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters, Verminous Skumm and Duke Nukem in Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Big Bob Pataki in Hey Arnold!, Dizzy Devil in Tiny Toons, The Brain in Animaniacs and Pinky and The Brain, and his portrayal of Mr. Freeze in Batman: Arkham City. His extensive resumes also includes voice work on The Critic, GI Joe, Freakazoid!, The Tick, Taz-Mania, Talespin, The Littler Mermaid, King of the Hill, Sonic Underground, Disney’s House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Works, and Inspector Gadget. He also dubbed the voice of Orson Welles over Vincent D’Onofrio’s on-camera performance in Ed Wood. Follow him on twitter: @mauricelamarche.

Rob Paulsen
One of the most acclaimed and in-demand voice actors out there, with over 2,000 animated half-hours to his credit and 1000 commercial spots, Rob Paulsen is familiar to many as the voice of Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (for which he won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program, and back to back Annie awards in 1997 and 1998); Yakko and Dr. Scratch ‘n’ Sniff from Animaniacs; Arthur from The Tick; Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom; Carl Wheezer in Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius; the title role in Mighty Max; Bobble in the Tinkerbell series; and the title role in The Mask. On camera, he’s appeared in the films Body Double, Stewardess School, Eyes of Fire, The Perfect Match and Warlocked. TV work includes MacGyver and St. Elsewhere. Rob’s new weekly podcast, Talkin’ Toons with Rob Paulsen, is available on iTunes. Check out his website at www.robpaulsenlive.com

Randy Rogel
Randy has won three Emmy Awards (nominated for ten), a Peabody Award, two Annie Awards, three Leo Awards, and the Ovation Award. He recently co-wrote the hit song “Poisonous Love” for Kristen Chenoweth with John Powell for the major motion picture “Rio 2.” He was show-runner for the animated series “1001 Nights” and won Leo awards for Writing and Best Animated Series. At Disney, Randy wrote songs and scripts for the animated movies “Peter Pan — Return to Neverland,” “Cinderella II,” “Cinderella III,” “Winnie The Pooh,” “Around the World in Eighty Days,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “101 Dalmations II.” Randy spent nine years on staff at Warner Bros. Animation where he began as an original writer on the “Batman” series and then joined the staff of Steven Spielberg’s “Animaniacs,” for which wrote most of the songs and many of the scripts. Randy is a West Point graduate with ten years service as an officer in the combat arms. He has a B.S. in Engineering from the academy and a Masters Degree in International Relations from Boston University.

Presented by SF Sketchfest.

Brava Theater Center
2781 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

UK – Empire Day Signing

David Prowse, Darth Vader from the original Star Wars trilogy, appears at the Feltham Assembly Hall to celebrate EMPIRE DAY on  Saturday, 16 December 2017 from 10:00 to 18:00.

  • Bill Westley: Asst. Director of The Empire Strikes Back
  • Colin Skeaping: stunt double for Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi; also Death Star trooper Devin Cant in A New Hope
  • Christopher Muncke: Captain Khurgee, the scanning crew leader and pilot, in A New Hope
  • Anthony Smee: Imperial Major Hewex in Return of the Jedi
  • Malcolm Weaver: stunt performer

Tickets available at the link…

Feltham Assembly Hall
Feltham Parks, Hounslow Road TW14 9DN Feltham
United Kingdom

CA – The Shape of Water Signing

Actor Doug Jones (Star Trek: Discovery, Hellboy) and sculptor/creature designer Mike Hill appear at Dark Delicacies on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00 PM to sign Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water.

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Dark Delicacies
3512 W. Magnolia, Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6660

3rd Annual Ground Zero Animation Expo on June 9-10th

Press Release:

Ground Zero Animation EXPO is an annual event held in Orange County, CA. This year it will be held at The Art Institute of Orange County, Santa Ana. The EXPO caters to those interested in breaking into the Animation industry or anyone who appreciates animated films, shows & shorts. The event also focuses on all parts of the industry from illustration, publishing, stop motion, fabricating and claymation/puppetry to character design, 3D modeling, prop/background design and much more. Industry professionals are there to share all day at their tables, through panels, demos, lectures, workshop and during unique one on one portfolio reviews. Ground Zero is a grassroots show that has a big impact. Don’t miss the exclusive special events leading up to the next Ground Zero Animation EXPO of 2018.

General Admission is free. Tickets will be sold for panels, workshops and demos only. The EXPO will be held June 9-10, 2018 at The Art Institute of Orange County in Santa Ana. General admission and specialty tickets will go live between Dec 2017 & Jan 2018. We will have small events planned before the big event, so be sure to follow!

Attend this one of a kind animation event. We have professionals to share tips & tricks on breaking into the industry, notes on portfolio composition, 2D animation discussions, and more! Our panelists range from artists in major studios, freelance, stop motion, gaming studios and more.

Looking to join the industry, make your own animation, freelance, create storyboards, layout, production, etc? Interested in meeting professionals to ask your questions and purchase amazing art from them? Then this is the event for you!

The Animation Alley area will be filled with the panelists/professionals selling their own work, sharing about future projects and meeting with you one on one. Outdoors you will find the Up & Coming Animation Alley area to see new talent & those about to be discovered along with our sponsors!

Panels, demos and workshops are exclusive to those who purchase the specialty tickets. Limited space for panels, so make sure you get your tickets and be in line for each panel early.

Make sure you keep an eye on our website/social media to get updates and find out what panels/workshops you want to attend and what professionals and newcomers we have selected.

Since we have extended our event to 2 days & have a new location, we will be offering triple the panels, workshops & demos. These tickets will go on sale as they are added and we will notify via newsletters and on our event page. You can find updates on our social media and website: Instagram and Facebook.

Select the ticket to have your portfolio reviewed. Only 10 portfolio reviews on each day. Meet 1 on 1 with a professional who will look through your work to give you advice and answer questions you may have.

This event caters to ages 16+, but is open to all ages. 

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CO – Jay and Silent Bob Get Old LIVE

Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes appear at Pueblo Memorial Hall on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00 PMTickets available at the link…

The hilarious duo of Jay & Silent Bob are finally back together. Film icons Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes made history and accumulated fans all over the world with the characters Jay & Silent Bob from the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and Clerks 2. And now you can see them live in your hometown recording their comedy podcast Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Ranked #1 on iTunes Comedy podcasts, this is a sometimes touching, and always hilarious look at what happens when two people grow up in Hollywood’s gaze. These limited engagements will be recorded as the stories evolve live in front of the audience, and released for free on www.smodcast.com.

This is what fans everywhere have been waiting for – an opportunity to see their heroes on stage doing what they love, telling stories. Get your tickets now before it’s too late! Jay & Silent Bob are dying, watch it as it happens!

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Pueblo Memorial Hall
1 City Hall Pl, Pueblo, CO 81003
(719) 542-1100

CA – Excelsior! Art Show

Marvel legend STAN LEE appears at the Hero Complex Gallery on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM for the EXCELSIOR! art show celebrating over 75 years in the comics industry.

Hero Complex Gallery
2020 South Robertson Blvd., Studio D, Los Angeles, CA 90034
323-334-0035

MN – An Evening with Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith appears for four shows at the Acme Comedy Company on Tuesday, November 28th at 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM and on Wednesday, November 29th at 8:00 PM and at 10:30 PM.

A writer, comedian, podcaster, and film director, KEVIN SMITH has written and directed numerous films, including Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, Jersey Girl, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Cop Out, Red State, Tusk, and Yoga Hosers; Creator of AMC’s Comic Book Men; authored Silent Bob Speaks, Shootin’ the Sh*t with Kevin Smith, My Boring-Ass Life and most recently Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat,Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He can be heard daily at Smodcast.com, a vast network of podcasts.

An Evening with Kevin Smith is a chance to get up close and personal with the man who brought the world these films.

Acme Comedy Company
708 1st St N, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-6393

NYC – The Shape of Water Screenings

Director Guillermo del Toro and cast members appear for Q&As for screening of THE SHAPE OF WATER at the Angelika New York.

  • Friday 12/1 following the 4:15pm show with Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg
  • Friday 12/1 following the 7:00pm show with Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins (*Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg will also provide a special introduction to the 7:00pm show on Friday, 12/1)
  • Saturday 12/2 following the 7:00pm show with Guillermo del Toro, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg 

ABOUT
From acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro comes THE SHAPE OF WATER, an otherworldly fairytale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963 topping the shortlist for Academy Awards Best Picture contenders. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation, but her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Also starring Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

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Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston Street, New York, New York 10012
(212) 995-2570

CA – Justice League Cast Q&A + Signing

Voice actors Susan Eisenberg (Wonder Woman), Phil Lamarr (Green Lantern), Maria Canals-Barrera (Hawkgirl) and Voice Director Andrea Romano appear at the Perky Nerd on Saturday, November 18th from 2:00 – 5:00 PM for a Q&A and signing!

It will be $5 cash at the door which includes a comic, panel, and meet and greet. Plus, thanks to our wonderful friends at the WB, we will be giving away mini posters. Any purchase over $25 will earn a full size movie poster and JL shield pin while supplies last and earns you a ticket into the raffle to win a Justice League Funko POP and two free tickets to see the Justice League in theatres. You can also check out our Just Us League Fan Art Show in the art gallery featuring local artists. It’s going to be a superhero kind of Saturday.

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The Perky Nerd
1606 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, California 91506
(818) 823-7511

CA – The Grouchy Historian Signing

Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger appear at the Santa Monica Library on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:00 PM to present their new book, The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs.

For decades, Ed Asner has entertained audiences with his film and television roles, most notably as cantankerous news editor Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Now, with political turmoil roiling the waves in virtually every aspect of American life, Ed and his co-author Ed. Weinberger wade into the debate with the new book The Grouchy Historian: An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs. In his typically irascible form, Asner “leads the charge for liberals to reclaim the Constitution from the right-wingers who use it as their justification for doing whatever terrible thing they want to do, which is usually to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted. It’s about time someone gave them hell and explained that progressives can read, too.”

This event is ticketed. Free tickets for auditorium seating will be released one hour prior to program. Only one ticket per guest will be released, and guest must be present to receive a ticket. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis. A book sale and signing follows.

Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 458-8600

 

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